Avondale - Venezuela's Jhonattan Vegas
birdied two of the five holes he squeezed in before the weather hit on Sunday,
joining Brian Stuard atop the leader board of the Zurich Classic now slated to
finish on Monday after 54 holes.
After rain and thunderstorms again brought
the tournament in New Orleans to a halt, tournament officials said play would
resume on Monday, and would conclude after three rounds.
Vegas rolled in birdie putts at his first
two holes of the third round while Stuard, who held a one-shot lead overnight,
made one birdie before the round was suspended after just over two hours of
Vegas and Stuard were both 13-under par
through five holes of the third round.
American Bobby Wyatt was at 12-under
through nine and Jamie Lovemark 11-under through five.
World No 1 Jason Day of Australia was in a
group of five players sharing fifth on 10-under par. The Australian has 10
holes remaining when play resumes on Monday – when thunderstorms are again in
"We always say golf is a marathon, not
a sprint. This is kind of a sprint now," Day said.
None of the 82 remaining players have
completed 54 holes.
If weather prevents play on Monday,
officials would revert to the 36-hole scores. Stuard would be declared the
winner of an unofficial event.
He would receive full FedEx Cup playoff
points and prize money, but not all the benefits that go with an official US
PGA Tour title.
The last time a PGA Tour event was
completed at the end of just 36 holes was the 2005 Nissan Open which was won by
"It changes a lot," Vegas said of
the 54-hole finish. "You have less holes to play, and being near the lead
you have to make sure that you stay aggressive and start making some birdies,
because anything could happen."